MSNBC names Des Moines one of the top 10 places to live in US

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  1. HOTDON

    HOTDON Well-Known Member

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    It is number 10 on the list, but it made it. Oddly, DM's proximity to the Iowa State campus wasn't mentioned. I would see that as a compelling reason to live there.

    Top 10 best places to live in the US

    It is limited to "metro" areas. Omaha is there too.
     
  2. jjisu

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    hmmm....thats interesting.
    DM is a nice city in all but im not quite sure it is a top ten.
    No offense to anyone....i like the city just not a top ten.
     
  3. superdorf

    superdorf Well-Known Member

    Even underwater?
     
  4. dmclone

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    Probably depends on what your looking for in a city.

    Low crime
    No traffic issues
    Decent schools
    Plenty to do
    Affordable housing
    Low unemployment
    Good food
    Friendly people


    On the bad side our weather is not good.


    I'd rather live in the Des Moines area than either of these two below. Omaha is similar to Des Moines but I wouldn't rank it any higher.
    Omaha is #5.
    Houston is #4
     
  5. JonDMiller

    JonDMiller Well-Known Member

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    i never want to live anywhere else.

    I have lived in Denver, Kansas City, Peoria and some other places...at this stage of my life with a young child, its about as good as I have ever found.
     
  6. jjisu

    jjisu Member

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    yeah i guess it depends on what you are looking for...
     
  7. Drive4cy

    Drive4cy Well-Known Member

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    Des Moines is solid for about 6 months out of the year. I'd definitely put it ahead of Omaha although I've always thought Omaha was a crappy place for some reason.
     
  8. Bader

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    Ewww, just reading that puts a bad smell in ma nose
     
  9. cstrunk

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    I don't know how Omaha was ranked so high, unless they were only looking at the new development areas... there are some scary places to be in Omaha, the crime rate and gang violence has been bad there for a while.
     
  10. drmwevr08

    drmwevr08 Well-Known Member

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    Having Houston on there that high is really what kills the cred in my opinion. But its nice to see Omaha and DSM get some good pub.
     
  11. dmclone

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    I'm surprised Madison is not on the list. It always seems to be in the top 10.
     
  12. tejasclone

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    Austin at number 8. Suck it, Des Moines. :tongue::wink:

    Although, I am perplexed at how it ended up behind San Antonio and Houston.
     
  13. SeattleClone

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  14. jbhtexas

    jbhtexas Well-Known Member

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    It's leaning so far left they probably thought it was about to tip over and kill its inhabitants...
     
  15. mclatch

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    I've never been a big fan of Des Moines. Sorry to the folks that love it. I prefer rural communities. I'm 31 and I'm sure I would have had a heart attack by now if I continued to work and drive to Principal in downtown.

    I've always loved the friendly atmosphere of Ames but since we moved to Roland I've really enjoyed the close community.
     
  16. Tweedt4Cy

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    Maybe if u own a house boat. But yea i believe des moines and the metro area r a great place to live. Preferribly places like ankeny, johnston, w des moines. maybe not in des moines.
     
  17. superdorf

    superdorf Well-Known Member

    Why not Des Moines?
     
  18. DRCHIRO

    DRCHIRO Well-Known Member

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    Because it is in Nebraska.
     
  19. San Francisco Cy

    San Francisco Cy Well-Known Member

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    If you think driving to Principal in downtown is difficult, try driving to downtown Minneapolis, Chicago, or even Kansas City to go to and from work. People that have only lived or worked in Des Moines or smaller have no idea how good we have it in Des Moines. Sure, I prefer living in Ankeny more than I would in downtown Des Moines, I can see how DM would be a good place to live for all of the reasons listed by dmclone and more...
     
  20. San Francisco Cy

    San Francisco Cy Well-Known Member

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    Omaha is also getting really bad from a crime standpoint. For that alone, I would put Des Moines ahead of it...
     

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